Organic Consumers Association

Tell Congress: Consumers Want the Right to Choose Raw Milk!

The health benefits of raw milk have been widely documented. Yet in many states, farmers and retail stores can’t sell it, and consumers can’t buy it.

It’s time to protect farmers from raw milk raids, and make it legal and easy for consumers to buy raw milk.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Consumers Want the Right to Choose Raw Milk! Ask Your Congress Members to Support HR 4307 and HR 4308.
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Raw milk is the only food banned in interstate commerce in the U.S. And although Congress has never passed a ban on raw milk, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has used its regulatory authority to conduct raids on, and prosecute, farmers for distributing raw milk.

Two bills slowly working their way through Congress would pave the way for farmers and consumers to sell and buy raw milk.

The Milk Freedom Act of 2014 (HR 4307)
would prohibit the federal government from interfering with the interstate traffic of raw milk products, offering relief for small farmers who have been harassed, fined, or prosecuted for distributing raw milk.

The Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 (HR 4308)
would prevent the federal government from interfering with trade of unpasteurized natural milk or milk products between states where distribution or sale of such products is already legal.

If we want these bills to gain traction, your Congress Members need to hear from you!

Raw milk laws vary from state to state. There are restrictions on the amount you can sell, where you can sell it, and how many conspicuous ‘unpasteurized’ signs you need on your farm stand. 

In some states, you can’t even advertise that you have raw milk let alone sell it in a farmer’s market. In other states, direct farm-to-customer or herd share sales of raw milk are totally illegal. 

The FDA claims raw milk poses health hazards, hence the need to crack down on farmers who sell it. 

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An entire section of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website is devoted to warning Americans about the “dangers” of raw milk. There it states that more than 1,500 people in the US became sick from raw milk from 1993 to 2006.

This is just over 115 people per year, on average… in a country where 9 million people get sick from foodborne illness annually. Is it possible to get sick from drinking raw milk?

Yes! But it’s also possible to get sick from eating a salad, a cheeseburger or a bowl of fruit. In fact, you’re far more likely to be infected with a foodborne illness when eating any number of foods other than high-quality raw milk.

It’s time for the FDA, which is so lax in its regulation of GMOs and junk food, to give consumers choice—and access—when it comes to raw milk.

According to Dr. Deborah Gordon:

Raw milk is an incredibly complex whole food, complete with digestive enzymes and its own antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic mechanisms conveniently built into a neat package. It is chock-full of both fat and water-soluble vitamins, a wide range of minerals and trace elements, all eight essential amino acids, more than 60 enzymes, and CLA—an omega-6 fatty acid with impressive effects on everything from insulin resistance to cancer to cardiovascular disease. Raw milk is delicious medicine.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a co-sponsor of the bills, has said

“Many consumers want to buy fresh, unpasteurized milk and regulations shouldn’t get between them and the farmer who wants to sell it,” said Rep. Pingree. “Given how many food scares there have been involving large-scale producers, it just doesn’t make sense to spend money cracking down on small, local farmers who are producing natural, raw milk and cheese. The enforcement of raw milk regulations has been overzealous and needs to be reined in.”

It’s time for consumers to push Congress to act.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Consumers Want the Right to Choose Raw Milk! Ask Your Congress Members to Support HR 4307 and HR 4308.

Subject: It's Time to De-Criminalize Raw Milk